Intrepid climbers scale cold Russian heights

TOUGH GOING: Elated at making it to the top.

CAROLINA TRAPAGA and Pepe Villegas, of the centre for hikers and alpinists of Teulada-Moraira, have climbed Mount Elbrus in Russia, close to the border of Georgia, at a height 5.642m. 

Elbrus is an inactive volcano and the highest mountain in Russia and the Caucasus, which together with the Ural, forms the traditional border between Europe and Asia. The lower peak of Elbrus was only conquered for the first time on July 10, 1829, by Killar Kashírov.

Trápaga and Villegas ascended the summit using the less popular northern route. They said it had been a very difficult task, as they encountered very cold and windy weather. They were lucky though, as once they reached the top, the weather cleared and they were able to enjoy the spectacular view of the Caucasus. 

Unfortunately, the temperature of minus 18 to 20 below zero, didn’t allow them to stay too long. They have dedicated this adventure to their climbing friends and their children, who suffer the most while they are on expedition.

Carlos Linares, and the councillor Mario Font, congratulated the two on their achievement, and thanked them for having carried the name of Teulada-Moraira to such heights.


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